I’ve been feeling kinda chunky and bloated all day long (damn you, PMS!) and came this close to wearing sweats and a tank top to my BFF’s baby shower this afternoon, but I didn’t want to break any unwritten party etiquette rules like “Thou shalt not wear stretchy pants to events celebrating major life changes,” or anything like that, so I nixed the idea, as tempting as it was.
Instead, I pulled out one of my favorite dresses, a black cotton strapless A-line I picked up years ago at Gap.
I how forgiving it is. Ah, sweet, wonderful A-line… Fitted at the top, it gradually widens toward the hem to form the shape of a capital letter A. They’re one of my favorite cuts — so great if you’re trying to disguise your tum and/or bum but still want to show a little bit of shape.
I think the black makes it a little more slimming, too, and the color never really goes out of style.
Here I’m dressing it up with some Chanel-inspired accessories from Forever 21, an ivory lace sweater and black wedges. I considered dressing it down with a denim jacket, hoops and flip-flops but decided against it this time around.
A breakdown of the outfitâ€¦
- Dress — Gap (it was years ago…)
- Sweater — Nordstrom (I found it in the junior’s section)
- Shoes — Franco Sarto (I’m not sure if they still carry these…)
- Necklace — Forever 21 (check the store for availability)
- Purse — Kate Spade (check the store for availability)
What’s your favorite flattering/forgiving outfit or dress?
Well, my Giant Pet Hair Roller and I bid you adieu (this dress picks up cat fur like crazy!). See you after the shower, hopefully with some loot from the games.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,